Marian Gaborik forced to miss Olympics due to broken collarbone injury

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Marian Gaborik has failed to get clearance to play in the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi because of the after affects of a broken collarbone injury.

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward was named in the Slovakian 25-man roster for the 2014 Olympic Games last month despite not playing in the NHL since December 21st. 

Gaborik suffered the injury against the Philadelphia Flyers, but a miraculous recovery was not on the cards despite his best efforts. 

“Marian has worked extremely hard and done everything possible to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his country in Sochi,” said Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he will be fully recovered very soon.”

Gaborik has represented his country at several international tournaments, and he added his devastation at missing out on the Olympics.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team,” said Gaborik. “I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future.”

Gaborik has scored five goals and created seven assists for 12 points in 18 appearances in the NHL this season. 

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